David Beckham still tops the list of highest earning football player in the world. But Ronaldo rules when it comes to salary alone, according to Portuguese marketing agency Futebol Finance.

50 highest paid football players in the world

1 Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid, £11.3million)
2 Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Barcelona, £10.4million)
3 Lionel Messi (Barcelona, £9.1million)
4 Samuel Eto’o (Internazionale, £9.1million)
5 Kaka (Real Madrid, £8.7million)
6 Emmanuel Adebayor (Manchester City, £7.4million)
7 Karim Benzema (Real Madrid, £7.4million)
8 Carlos Tevez (Manchester City, £7million)
9 John Terry (Chelsea, £6.5million)
10 Frank Lampard (Chelsea, £6.5million)

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Ronaldo scored a double to give Manchester United a 3-1 victory against Tottenham in the 4th round FA Cup game at Old Trafford.

It was a tight and exciting match. Tottenham were beaming with confidence after thrashing Arsenal in midweek’s Carling Cup semi-finals, and they gave United plenty of troubles from the start of the game.

Tottenham almost took the lead on 16th minute from a corner, but was only denied by Wayne Rooney on the line. It came no surprise when Robbie Keane scored the game opener on 24th minute, thanks to a fine move from Aaron Lennon.

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Ronaldo scored his first hattrick for Manchester United, and led the team to demolish Newcastle 6-0 in Old Trafford. Carlos Tevez scored a double while Rio Ferdinand was on the score sheet as well.

MU dominated the game from the start but the scoreline was surprisingly kept at 0-0. In fact they could have gone a goal behind if Michael Owen’s goal was not wrongly ruled as offside… but then, United had 2 penalty claims (one was obvious foul in the box) denied as well.

The 2nd half was a different story though; Manchester United finally convert their dominance into goals. Ronaldo opened the scoring on 49th minute with a cleverly taken freekick, and scored the other two on 70th minute and 88th minute.

The hattrick takes Ronaldo’s goal tally to 22 for the current season, just one short of last season’s 23-goals.

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